It’s a rivalry weekend in the SEC and across the country and what’s at stake above all is history.
One day Arkansas and Missouri may be a rivalry, the Razorbacks first if that happens. But while it’s a trophy game, it’s also not a game that circles the team on the schedule and the fans enjoy the competition.
LSU vs. Arkansas was almost a rivalry before Texas A&M and Missouri joined the SEC and the league decided that the Tigers vs. the Aggies meant more than the Tigers and Razorbacks the day after Thanksgiving.
The biggest game in the country takes place in the Big 10 when undefeated Michigan travels to undefeated Ohio State, so that game will be a bonus prediction.
Last week, the record was 9-2, bringing the season total to 85-25.
Here are this week’s predictions:
Arkansas in Missouri
The Razorbacks try to improve their bowl situation, while the Tigers desperately try to get one. Hogs will miss Bumper Pool, but redshirt freshman Chris “Pooh” Paul helped the linebacker off the bench. If Tigers sell out to stop the run, KJ Jefferson will arm them. Arkansas 35-24
Troy in the state of Arkansas
The Trojans are one win away from the Sun Belt Conference championship game, while the Red Wolves are one game away from the end of the season, though head coach Butch Jones promises better days are ahead. Troy 35-17
Maroon in Alabama
Sometimes you can throw out the record book when these two play, but Gus Malzahn isn’t walking through the door and Nick Saban wants to hit the 10-win standard that Tide fans are used to. Alabama 35-14
Florida in the state of Florida
The Gators will have to stop Seminole’s assault on jet fuel, which averages 35 points per game and has won four consecutive games. Florida tries to play himself in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. Florida State 35-24
Georgia Tech at Georgia
The Bulldogs may be looking ahead to next week’s SEC Championship Game with LSU, but that probably won’t be enough for the Yellowjackets (5-6) to win on Saturday. Georgia 42-17
Louisville in Kentucky
Bragging rights on the game as both teams are bowl eligible and looking to improve their position. Cardinals and Wildcats are good but not great teams. If there was a tie in college football, that would be the pick, but since it’s Krogerville, I’m going for home field advantage. Kentucky 28-27
LSU at Texas A&M
No reason to believe the Tigers will be looking ahead to next week’s showdown with Georgia. Freshman Coach Brian Kelly has proven to be savvy and good at SEC. The Aggies were unimpressive against Massachusetts by one win. LSU 42-14
South Carolina near Clemson
The Gamecocks are fresh off a stunning 63-38 victory over Tennessee, which was effectively eliminated from the College Football Playoffs with that loss. The Tigers’ loss to Notre Dame has knocked them out of the playoffs if not for many major upsets this weekend. Clemson 42-21
Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Hard not to pull for the Commodores, who could become bowl-eligible with a victory over the boys in orange. But playing for a top-level bowl, the Vols will want to regain some respect, even without their starting quarterback Hendon Hooker. Tennessee 39-21
Michigan in the state of Ohio
The view here is that the loser of this game won’t necessarily be knocked out of the CFP race if they don’t get blown away. The Buckeyes have a powerful offense and average 46 points per game in Big Ten play. Michigan may have better defense. This comes down to sales. Michigan 35-31